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February 19, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE: Netflix-traffic feud leads to video slowdown, by Drew Fitzgerald, Shalini Ramachandran: "Netflix subscribers have seen a lot more spinning wheels lately as they wait for videos to load, thanks to a standoff deep in the Internet. The online-video service has been at odds with Verizon and other broadband providers for months over how much Netflix streaming content they will carry without being paid additional fees. Now the long simmering conflict has heated up and is slowing Netflix, in particular, on Verizon's fiber-optic FiOS service, where Netflix says its average prime-time speeds dropped by 14% last month. The slowdown comes as Netflix is rolling out the new season of its Emmy-winning series 'House of Cards.' The dispute involves the plumbing behind parts of the Internet that are invisible to consumers. As more people stream movies and television, that infrastructure is getting strained, intensifying the debate over who should pay for upgrades needed to satisfy America's online-video habit." Wall Street Journal

>> TOUCHÉ: Iranian hacking to test NSA nominee Michael Rogers, by Siobhan Gorman, Julian E. Barnes: "Iran's infiltration of a Navy computer network was far more extensive than previously thought, according to officials, and the officer who led the response will likely face questions about it from senators weighing his nomination as the next head of the embattled National Security Agency. It took the Navy about four months to finally purge the hackers from its biggest unclassified computer network... The hackers targeted the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, the unclassified network used by the Department of the Navy to host websites, store nonsensitive information and handle voice, video and data communications." Wall Street Journal

>> RISIN' TIZEN: Samsung's updated smartwatch to shun Android, by Alistair Barr: "The new version of Samsung's Gear smartwatch will run on Tizen, not Google's Android operating system, the latest attempt by the South Korean electronics giant to develop more of its own software and services... Samsung will unveil the updated Gear watch, and a new HTML5 version of the Tizen operating system, at an event at the Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona." USA Today

> Galaxy S5 rumors tip 5.2-inch screen, fingerprint sensor PC Magazine

> Explained: Samsung's implementation of the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy S5 SAM Mobile

> No new Windows Phone models on tap for Barcelona Re/code

> TechBrief scratching head: Nokia's only announcements in Barcelona will be about Android? >> HAPPENING TODAY: Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, gets camera backup for Android, real-time co-authoring, and easier video sharing, by Emil Protalinski: "So, what's new? In short: the ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos (thanks to MPEG real-time transcoding), automatic camera roll backup for Android, and real time co-authoring with Office Web apps... All mobile users who currently have the SkyDrive app will not need to uninstall it first and then install the OneDrive app. If their platform supports automatic update, the app will silently update (like Android and iOS 7). If not, users will see that an update is available and the old app will be replaced... SkyDrive Pro wasn't renamed as 'OneDrive Pro' because there was some confusion around whether the product was just a more feature-filled version of Microsoft's cloud storage platform. It's not. OneDrive for business is... well, only for businesses." TNW

> Microsoft launches OneDrive, basically the same as SkyDrive, but with 100GB free for a year to 100,000 people, if you hurry Re/code

> To claim your 100 GB free storage for a year: Follow @OneDrive on Twitter, where details will be forthcoming (more than half a million people have already)

>> HOW TO GET BEHIND IN ADVERTISING: Why can't Amazon and Apple catch a break on Madison Ave?, by Kate Kaye: "Advertising sales are a tough slog for both [companies] -- and for a lot of the same reasons. Media buyers say they are slow, cocky and downright stingy. Both take too long to develop ad products. Amazon's sales approach is too pushy; Apple is too reticent to foster relationships. Most frustrating: Neither is willing to cough up enough of the consumer data that attracts advertisers to them in the first place." Ad Age

>> COMMUNICATION BREAKTHROUGH: Next up for Yammer: Making Office the best way to work as a network, by Mary Branscombe: "If some people in your company don't get on with enterprise social tools and would rather stick to email, Yammer has a clever trick coming to help: Making them think they're using email when they're actually joining in on Yammer. A new feature that's in the process of rolling out to all Yammer networks lets you @mention someone using their email address instead of their name, which sends them the update as an email message. When they reply, their email shows up in the Yammer conversation. If they attach files, those get uploaded to Yammer. You can do that for emails you receive as well, so if a customer or partner emails you a document that you want colleagues to weigh in on, you can just forward it to the Yammer email address of the group you want it in." CITEworld

> Microsoft demos video calls between Skype and Lync, coming 'in a few months' GeekWire

> Microsoft readies a Lync app for Android tablets ZDNet

> Microsoft Lync to play nice with Cisco, Android Network World

> Meet Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft's new (old) head of Lync and Skype Fortune

> Microsoft revamps Dynamics CRM for fresh run at InfoWorld

>> LIBERTY & JUSTICE: First AT&T transparency report shows 2,000+ National Security Letter requests, by Dennis Fisher: "AT&T, in its first transparency report... said it got 2,000-2,999 NSLs and 248,343 subpoenas last year. AT&T also received nearly 37,000 court orders and more than 16,000 search warrants in 2013... nearly 38,000 requests for location information for its subscribers, including more than 12,500 requests for real time information." Threatpost

> Spy chief: We should've told you we track your calls The Daily Beast

>> POACHED EGGHEAD: Snapchat poaches Google veteran Peter Magnusson in engineering push, by Douglas Macmillan: "Snapchat wants to beef up the technology behind its popular mobile app for disappearing messages... Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director at Google, has joined the Los Angeles startup as a vice president of engineering... The hiring is part of a talent grab that could add as many as 50 engineers this year to Snapchat's current team of just 15 developers." Wall Street Journal

> Snapchat hires Googler, 'pisses off' his Googler friends TechCrunch

> IPO-bound Box hires cloud chief Graham Younger away from SAP Re/code

>> VMware releases vSphere Mobile Watchlist for Android and iOS smartphones InfoWorld

>> Which vendors will be on target in the era of New IT InfoWorld

>> AT&T, IBM partner on Internet of Things for smart cities, utilities FierceWireless

>> Zeus malware-botnet variant spotted 'crawling' Network World

>> Researcher claims two hacker gangs exploiting unpatched IE bug Computerworld

>> Accounting software maker Intacct takes on $45M to pick up the pace Forbes

>> China's mobile payment turnover soared 317% YOY to $1.59T in 2013: People's Bank of China TechNode

>> Office on the iPad is a product absolutely nobody needs CITEworld

>> Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use? Computerworld

>> Windows UI designer explains why forcing Metro on all is great for power users PCWorld

>> Microsoft's employees raised record-breaking $113 million for nonprofits in 2013 Official Microsoft Blog

>> Reality check: No, Upworthy's traffic didn't get crushed by Facebook's algorithm change GigaOM

>> E-Z-2-Use attack code exploits critical bug in majority of Android phones Ars Technica

>> Some day Silicon Valley will move north. Here's why it should settle in Oakland GigaOM

>> Google plans move into San Francisco's Mission District San Jose Mercury News

>> Nvidia unveils Maxwell: A supremely power-efficient GPU architecture PCWorld

>> BITCOIN: $625 Coinbase

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "15 minutes of fame is really more than you need when our attention span maxes out at 15 seconds" @Aerocles

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